Migration management

 Slovenia began erecting a razor-wire fence at its border with Croatia on Wednesday to stem the flow migrants as winter closes in and countries to the north tighten border controls.

The Obama administration said Tuesday it will ask the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling and to back White House efforts to shield more than 4 million immigrants from deportation.

In July, 29 members of Congress sent a letter to the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch urging them to halt the planned expansion of the controversial, privately run Adelanto Detention Facility in California. The letter also called for an independent investigation into allegations of systemic medical neglect and abuse there, which an ICE internal watchdog alleged to have contributed to the death of at least one detainee.

Drowned babies and toddlers washed onto Greece's famed Aegean Sea beaches, and a grim-faced diver pulled a drowned mother and child from a half-sunk boat that was decrepit long before it sailed. On shore, bereaved women wailed and stunned-looking fathers cradled their children. At least 27 people, more than half of them children, died in waters off Greece Friday trying to fulfill their dream of a better life in Europe.

Newly arrived migrants were lining up at the train station in this border town for their first registration one recent evening. In a group of young Afghans traveling on their own, Matin, from Kabul, said he was 17 years old.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Wednesday that a refugee crisis was looming in Central and North America as people flee unchecked gang violence in parts of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. “The dramatic refugee crises we are witnessing in the world today are not confined to the Middle East or Africa,” the high commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, said in Washington.

As Europe grapples with the rising tide of migrants, asylum seekers are facing opposition and, in some cases, violence from locals. Human Rights Watch said Thursday that asked men – often armed – have been attacking and intercepting boats in the Aegean Sea carrying refugees on their way to Greece, one of many clashes reported this week.

L'UE tenait dimanche, dans l'urgence et un climat de tensions, un mini-sommet avec les pays européens les plus exposés à l'afflux de migrants transitant par les Balkans afin de juguler «collectivement» une crise sans précédent qui menace l'unité de l'Europe. 

"La crise migratoire qui a vu 700 000 migrants et réfugiés arriver en Europe via la Méditerranée depuis janvier va s'aggraver, a prévenu mardi le président du Conseil européen Donald Tusk, mettant à l'épreuve la coopération, déjà délicate, entre les pays de l'UE. Signe de cette préoccupation, le président français François Hollande et la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel ont mis la question migratoire au programme d'un entretien bilatéral, également consacré à la Syrie, mardi à Paris."

Débordée par le flux ininterrompu de réfugiés arrivant toujours au rythme de 6000 à 10 000 personnes par jour sur son territoire, l’Allemagne a décidé de durcir son arsenal juridique.


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